Vote for Reading: Books for the 2016 Election Cycle

The Republican and Democratic parties have held their quadrennial proms and crowned a king and queen. Between now and the November election, polish your own political rhetoric with any of these books about presidents, first ladies, elections, voters, scandals, and treason.

Author: 
Candice Millard
ISBN: 
9780385526265
A compact, compulsively readable biography of President James A. Garfield and his untimely, and likely unnecessary, death. A thrilling piece of history from a local author that will have readers pondering where the United States might be now had Garfield lived to serve his term.
Author: 
Louisa Thomas
ISBN: 
9781594204630
Louisa Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, always felt she was on the outside looking in with family, community, and polite and political society. But she proved to be the most crucial element in her husband's presidential success.
Author: 
Margaret Truman
ISBN: 
9780679434399
Harry's beloved daughter met and liked a great many first ladies of the latter 20th century. Some, she admired more than others. Truman artfully hides her disapproval of Hillary Clinton's remaking of the office of first lady.
Author: 
Josh King
ISBN: 
9781137280060
All the world's a stage, especially for our world leaders. Explore the age of optics with professional political advance man Josh King, from candid photo-ops to staged, drop-in visits at local convenience stores and poorly thought-out TV ads. Get the backstory on some of the most cringe-worthy moments of political theater.
Author: 
Hunter S. Thompson
ISBN: 
9781451691573
A classic of American political journalism. Alternately, you can grab The Boys on the Bus.
Author: 
Jennifer Close
ISBN: 
9781101875612
Washington, D.C., outsider Beth will tolerate a lot of shameless name-dropping and power brokering from husband Matt's colleagues in the name of love. But does she have enough to go on the campaign trail with him and their new power-couple friends, Jimmy and Ashleigh, in their pursuit of the White House?
Author: 
Amy Goodman; David Goodman (As told to); Denis Moynihan (As told to)
ISBN: 
9781501123580
Whistleblowers, organizers, and protestors are reshaping the political climate with demands for social justice. A fascinating look at how grassroots efforts have global effects.
Author: 
Thomas Mallon
ISBN: 
9780307378729
Still trying to make sense of Watergate? Witty, shrewd storyteller Mallon explains it all for you in a compelling, fact-based drama that brings the ladies to the forefront of this crucial moment in American political and criminal history.
Author: 
Erik Tarloff
ISBN: 
9780609604632
So what should you do when you find out your girlfriend is having an affair with an older man? What if that guy is the president? Ben and Gretchen weigh the pros and cons of intimacy with each other and their government in this fictional retelling of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair.
Author: 
Christopher Buckley
ISBN: 
9780375507342
If your cheating husband dies the morning after a heated argument about his infidelities, are you naturally a suspect in a potential murder? Probably. If the husband happens to be president of the United States and you're the first lady, that murder charge could come with a side of treason.
Author: 
Donald J. Trump; Kate Bohner (Contribution by)
ISBN: 
9780812929645
Trump details how he saved his fortune after what he calls the Great Depression of 1990.
Author: 
Hillary Rodham Clinton
ISBN: 
9781416540649
In 1996, Clinton wrote the book that popularized the phrase still applied to children's issues today.
Author: 
Kristen Soltis Anderson
ISBN: 
9780062343109
Hovering in your mid 30s? Wondering how you can affect change? You already have. With your sushi lunch, French press, and Twitter account. Millennials are changing the way pollsters look at elections. In a compelling, data-rich book, Anderson debunks established beliefs about elections, campaigns, and polling.
Author: 
Christopher Buckley
ISBN: 
9780446540971
Known for his political satire, Buckley explains the political arena too realistically to suspend all disbelief for this fiction. In this darkly humorous novel, a lobbyist starts a rumor about an assassination plot against the Dalai Lama and puts the U.S. missile nose-to-nose with China.
Author: 
Gregory Maguire; Douglas Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 
9780060391447
A political fantasy? Too right. Meet Elphaba before she turned to the dark side after sharing a dorm room with Glinda. An animal rights activist, Elphaba is enraged with the political corruptions of the Wizard. Forget the Broadway treatment and sink your teeth into the source material.
Author: 
David W. Moore
ISBN: 
9780807042328
Former pollster for Gallup breaks down the how and why of public opinion and the ways the media manipulates it.
Author: 
John McMenemy
ISBN: 
9780889205031
Thinking it's time to move up in the world? Say, to the Great White North? Brush up on your Canadian politics before you sneak across the border.